: a small genus of desert shrubs (family Leguminosae) found in northern Africa and Asia Minor having simple leaves, spiny branches, and tough pods see camel thorn

Word History


New Latin, from Arabic al-hāj camel thorn

First Known Use

1749, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Alhagi was in 1749

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“Alhagi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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